smicha

S'micha

Nov
01

'''Semicha''' ("leaning [of the hands]"), also semichut ( "ordination"), or semicha lerabbanut ("rabbinical ordination") is derived from a Hebrew word which means to "rely on" or "to be authorized". It generally refers to the ordination of a rabbi within Judaism. In this sense it is the "transmission" of rabbinic authority to give advice or judgment in Jewish law.

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The Sages have said:

Does not atonement come through the blood, as it is said: For it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life!

Babylonian Talmud

Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 5a referring to Vayikra (Lev.) 17:11 in the Tanakh